Michigan Appeals Court Throws Out $1 Million Verdict in Death of Boy
In this update from a story we first brought you six years ago, the state appeals court threw out a $1 million verdict in the death of a boy at a Grand Traverse County Fair.
6-year-old Ezekiel Goodwin was riding his bike when he was hit by a pickup at the Northwestern Michigan Fair in 2012.
In 2016 a jury found the fair association responsible and awarded $1 million to the boy’s estate.
But this week, the appeals court ordered a new trial, saying jurors should have been allowed to consider possible negligence by Ezekiel’s father, Jeff Goodwin.
The fair said Goodwin let his son ride alone on a service road.
Goodwin says he believed the road was closed to cars during the fair.